With a daily flight from Sydney to Singapore and then onwards to London Heathrow, British Airways is a great option for London-bound Aussies who still prefer a Lion City stopover with a serving of Qantas frequent flyer points on the side, thanks to the airlines' mutual Oneworld partnership.
Using a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, BA's business class – or 'Club World', in Brit Speak – offers Sydney travellers fully-flat beds but in a somewhat-confusing layout that has half the cabin facing rearwards and tucked away behind privacy screens.
We zoom in on BA Club World and share our picks of the cabin, whether you're a business traveller maximising your sleep or are jetting off with your spouse or significant other to Asia and Europe.
British Airways' Boeing 777 business class
BA's Club World business class comes in a 2-4-2 layout, with passengers in the aisles (B, D, G and J) facing the front of the aircraft, and those in the windows and centre (A, E, F, K) facing towards the rear:
Confused how that works? Here's what the J+K pair looks looks like from above, with the J passenger facing frontward while the K passenger leans towards the back:
For the most part, the window and centre seats don't provide easy access to the aisle, with these passengers having to step over somebody else to get there, and of course, choosing the aisle seat means you'll be stepped over yourself.
While the beds turn fully-flat, BA's Club World certainly doesn't offer an ideal layout – but if you choose carefully, there are still a few sweet seats to be had.
British Airways Club World: best seats
16A, 16K: Nestled at the rear of the cabin, these window seats provide the usual level of privacy you'd expect once raising the divider, but with room to 'escape' to the aisle without disturbing or hopping over the passenger next to you. However, lighter sleepers would do well to avoid these seats as the lavatories are located immediately behind.
10B, 10D, 10G, 10J: The layout at the front of Club World too means these aisle passengers can fly undisturbed by other travellers, but with the galley immediately in front, may instead be subjected to kitchen noise and crew chatter. Solution? Noise-cancelling headphones!
16E + 16F, for couples: This centre duo is co-located with both seats facing the rear, from which your aisle access is also unhindered thanks to the spacing of the cabin. Otherwise, all other E+F couples too come 'together' but leave passengers jumping over their seatmates.
Row 13, for quiet: Row 13 is as far as you can get from the front galley and the rear lavatories before getting closer to either, making for less noise if you're a sensitive sleeper.
Sleeping strategy: D, G seats: Let's be honest – most travellers will gravitate towards the aisle and window seats before opting for the centre, so if your flight isn't full, consider choosing a D or G seat. If the odds are in your favour, nobody will select the middle seat next to you and you'll have the convenience of an aisle without the interruption that usually comes with it.
Some original material by John Walton
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